Movie review: Imagination gets carried away with 'Parnassus'

  • Article by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2010 - 4:42 PM

Terry Gilliam's fervid imagination is on display here, along with Heath Ledger's final act.

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magicmanrexJan. 8, 10 8:16 AM

......"The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao", but not nearly as good. I love that movie!!

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matheusJan. 8, 10 9:53 AM

I can say almost assuredly I will love this movie and completely disagree with most of Colin's opinion. :)

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themostancieJan. 8, 1011:04 AM

Lao, which is derived from "When the Cat Comes to Town"...and both are good.

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themostancieJan. 8, 1011:09 AM

...a Czech movie from the time of the great cutout and puppet animators Zeman and Trnka...hmmm...

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sweetpeapupJan. 8, 1011:31 AM

starring Tony Randall (Felix Unger odd couple)old school actors - playing a chineese man. and a travling myster side show kind of theme you'd have to be older than 40 to have seen it was really weird for its time.

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pjacobsmaJan. 8, 1012:08 PM

Great movie!

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dymomanJan. 8, 1012:30 PM

Here's the deal. Colin is so desperately trying to be someone of influence and cultural relevance that it's almost comical how miserably he fails at it. A "thumbs down" by Colin Covert almost 100% assures me I'll have fun watching a movie. Thus, I am almost certain I'll LOVE this one, too. Thanks, Collin. Keep up the good work.

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eightisenuffJan. 8, 10 1:10 PM

...which also hasn't captured my interest. Thanks, but I think I'll wait for the DVD.

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magicmanrexJan. 8, 10 1:37 PM

......but wow, when you watch it now, it really is a great movie. I hadn't seen it since I was a teenager, but just watched it last week with some friends.........we were all blown away about what a great movie, great performances (especially Tony Randall, playing seven characters!), and great message. Most surprising, is some of the "darker" elements that probably went "whoosh" over my head when I was younger, especially the scene with the woman going to the fortune teller---extremely sad, and telling. But what a cast, Barbra Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Tony Randall, and more. Definately worth another look, if it's been a while. Also telling, it originally failed when released, because they tried to market it strictly as a kids film, which it certainly is not, despite the look of the film.

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floridascottJan. 9, 10 6:16 PM

There sure are a few people commenting here who are really, really smart and know much more about reviewing movies than Mr.Covert. GET A LIFE GUYS. It's just one man's opinion about a movie.

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